Armour Home Electronics
Astell & Kern
AV Tech Solutions
Big Red Sales
Bowers & Wilkins
Harman Consumer UK
Malvern Audio Research
Mitchell & Johnson
Puritan Audio Laboratories
Rohde & Schwarz
The Vinyl Adventure
van den Hul
Von Gaylord Audio
Bristol Marriott, Castle Street, 23rd - 25th February 2018. 10:00am - 5:00pm
Brands listed as at 2/2/2018:
October to December 2017, due out end of December
Reviewed products from Rotel, NAD, Spendor, Magico, LINN, PROAC, Amazon Alexa, Pass, Chord, ATC, Sonos, HEOS , MusiCast, DSD Audio, QED, Focal and MBA.
In addition to Stan Curtis’ regular wise commentary on matters audio, here musing on pioneers of the analysis of subtle effects such as vibration on audio quality, Martin Colloms scrutinises the top of the line LINN KLIMAX Katalyst DS digital audio player, the one where the powerful DSP even includes micro correction for the tiniest errors emanating from the audio output transformers.
At the Indulgence Show 30th September to 1st October, 2017, some 250 brands were exhibited over 5 floors of the Hammersmith Novotel (formerly the Cunard) including some massive suites with substantial sound systems. Both live music and music production featured, and as before, a massive floor area was devoted to headphones earphones and supporting amplification.
July to September 2017, due out end of September
We are busy finalising the features and reviews for the upcoming issue of HIFICRITIC.
Review product brands include Wilson Audio, Audio Analogue, KEF, PROAC, DCS, LINN, Audio Note, Rotel, Pearl Acoustics, Audeze, Tannoy, Phil Jones Airpulse Songkong, Naim, Tannoy, Audeze, Rega, MSB, Acoustic Energy and not least, PMC.
Pink Floyd at the V&A London, May 13 to October 1, 2017
We were just over a month in when we rolled up for the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A London, and while arguments still rage as to what kind of rock band they were, their global success is undisputed. I wondered how such an exhibit spanning almost half a century of work, and ideally with a massive musical content, could possibly be curated? Would it be saddled with traditional museum stuffiness, a sort of expanded biography with static exhibits?
Mozart by Candlelight: Thursday 30 March, 2017
Programme: Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp, Bach Air ‘on the G string’, Mozart Symphony No 29 in A, with Rimma Sushanskaya, conductor and solo violin, Jean Kelly harp and Fiona Kelly flute.
Chasing the Dragon’s founder, the irrepressible Mike Valentine was at work recently recording this live Mozart concert at St Martin in the fields.
The playing was spirited and communicative, the acoustic rich, with delightful sting tone, and we look forward to hearing the several recording formats which include CD and HD.
Air Studios, Hampstead, 10 February 2017, including direct cut mastering, for Chasing The Dragon Productions
Mike Valentine’s enthusiasm for making audiophile recordings is undiminished and brought the press, including Mike Fremer of Stereophile, and myself amongst others,, to the legendary Air Studios for yet another session, each more ambitious than the last.
The refreshed Clarity board has Tom Barron (PMC) chairman; Andy Clough (Haymarket); Geoff Coleman (Acoustica); Phil Hansen (Red Sheep Communications); Geoff Mathews (Soundcraft Hi-Fi); Ian Sutton (B&W); Simon Talbot (Bartletts HiFi); Richard Trotter (Arcam) and Trevor Wilson (Naim). Retiring chairman, Laurence Armstrong (Henley Designs), remains on the board in an ex-officio capacity. The board also agreed to co-opt Elizabeth Gould (Martins Hi-Fi). Roger Batchelor and Alan Sircom have both retired from the board and thanks were expressed to them for their hard work and contributions to the running of Clarity over the past few years. Following the board meeting /AGM , with the election of new officers and the admission of new industry members including NAIM and Focal, the Clarity conference kicked off in the Dolby Theatre with an opening presentation by Venkat Venkateshwaran of Dolby with a couple of movie excerpts including the Revenant, showing off their double laser projector with full dynamic range Dolby Vision together with an upgraded and still more powerful full surround object based ATMOS sound. This is only complete UK installation of its kind, one of only four in Europe. Forewarned, I knew this system could blow a massive racket and wore 10dB attenuating defenders just in case.
Interestingly it has been reported that 65 percent of Harman’s $7 billion in sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 concerned cars, this including licensing brands such as Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen for vehicle use. Samsung will also gain access to some 8,000 Harman software engineers and designers who have developed advanced automotive software that can monitor driver tiredness. They have developed intelligent control systems incorporating 3D navigation aids and versatile personal entertainment facilities this becoming increasingly important.
Harman has grown considerably in recent years with many acquisitions and the massive portfolio now controls audio and Hi Fi brands including the original Harman Kardon, the 1953 founding brand, AKG, BSS, JBL Professional, Studer, dbx, Soundcraft, Lexicon, DigiTech, Crown, Mark Levinson Audio Systems, Infinity and Revel. There is also a professional solutions division, which includes video switching and control device manufacturer AMX and stage lighting specialist Martin.
The 30th Anniversary For The Bristol Audio Show
24th - 26th February 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Now in its 30th year there are already over 170 brands to be exhibited at the Sound and Vision show which occupies multiple floors of the Marriott Hotel, Castle Street, Bristol. This includes HIFICRITIC who will be at their usual Mezzanine location, stocked with lots of discounted back numbers, and with both the current issue and annual subscription both available at a special show price for visitors. Editors Martin Colloms and Paul Messenger will be on hand to answer queries while many of our reviewers and contributors will also drop in to enliven the usual technical and philosophical discussions. Contributors will be roaming the show seeking out key products to consider for future assessment in HIFICRITIC audio magazine.
Brands already slated to exhibit at the show include:
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.